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How well do dental appliances for sleep apnea work? I have sleep apnea, and my doctor told me to see my dentist in order to get fitted for an oral appliance. How well do these work to stop problems with snoring and breathing? .

How well do dental appliances for sleep apnea work? I have sleep apnea, and my doctor told me to see my dentist in order to get fitted for an oral appliance. How well do these work to stop problems with snoring and breathing?


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I : I have had tremendous success treating sleep apnea with oral appliances. While they say it should be used for mild to moderate cases (ahi from 5 to 29) I have had cases much higher than that come down to virtually zero. It is important to seek care from someone trained and experienced, as sometimes the appliance takes the snoring away but leaves the apnea, a dangerous situation. Kent smith is near you and is great. ...Read more

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Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

Apnea is a symptom in which a person stops breathing for a period of time (about 10-20 seconds) and then starts breathing again. Babies can get apnea from some types of infections. Adults can have sleep apnea, often related to loud snoring and some ...Read more


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What are the best dental appliance for sleep apnea?

What are the best dental appliance for sleep apnea?

No best: My practice is limited to dental sleep medicine and I have found there is no best appliance. Each has advantages and disadvantages. The best thing to do is to work with a dentist with lots of experience in this field and have them work with you to select an appliance that best fits your mouth. Many, but not all of those dentists are certified by the american board of dental sleep medicine. ...Read more

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Can a dental appliance help sleep apnea?

Can a dental appliance help sleep apnea?

Absolutely!: According to 2006 american academy of sleep medicine practice parameters, oral appliances are indicated for use in patients with mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea who prefer them over CPAP and should be completed by a dentist with advanced training in sleep medicine. ...Read more

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Best dental appliance for sleep apnea and grinding?

Best dental appliance for sleep apnea and grinding?

One for both: Research has shown that a device that positions the lower jaw forward while sleeping as is used for snoring and sleep apnea, also reduces sleep bruxism episodes. This is the only type of oral device that will actually reduce the number of bruxism events. Other dvices for bruxsim will protect the teeth and in some instances, decrease the intensity of the muscle contractions seen in bruxism. ...Read more

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Sleep apnea - was just told to use the dental appliance. When can I expect it to get better?

Sleep apnea - was just told to use the dental appliance. When can I expect it to get better?

Immediately: According to 2006 american academy of sleep medicine practice parameters, oral appliances are indicated for use in patients with mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea who prefer them over CPAP and should be completed by a dentist with advanced training in sleep medicine. Followup psg testing should be done by sleep physician to give objective evidence of effectiveness. ...Read more

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How effective can a dental appliance be in treatment of sleep apnea over cpap?

How effective can a dental appliance be in treatment of sleep apnea over cpap?

Only if you wear it.: They work very well. The ones i've made are especially useful when traveling. They are a lot less cumbersome than a cpap. ...Read more

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What dental devices are used to treat sleep apnea?

Apnea treatment: There are 2 dental devices that I am familiar with - a mandibular advancing device and a tongue repositioning device. There are multiple manufacturers for each device. They both work by repositioning your anatomy and increasing the space behind your tongue. ...Read more

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For sleep apnea, why is cpap prescribed more than oral appliances?

For sleep apnea, why is cpap prescribed more than oral appliances?

R/O OSA: cpap is more effective for osal. Excess snoring/daytime sleepiness/apneic episodes/ aM headaches. And the Exam obesity/small oral airway/collar size>18. The definitive test is a PSG with split night/CPAP titration. I would request copy of sleep study and get a second opinion if you are not satisfied with the options. You are young CPAP can be difficult to tolerate. ENT FOR UPP ...Read more

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Can anything dental, clenching or psychiatric medicines cause, lead to sleep apnea?

Sleep Apnea: Sleep apnea, osa is caused by upper airway resistance, if any of the above contribute to uar then they can cause sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Question regarding oral appliance for sleep apnea---Can it be used for someone who removes dentures at night?he would never go for cpap. Cost=? Caroly

Question regarding oral appliance for sleep apnea---Can it be used for someone who removes dentures at night?he would never go for cpap. Cost=? Caroly

CPAP Better : It's very hard to make an effective sleep apnea appliance for someone who has lost all his/her teeth. CPAP is very effective and the latest equipment is well tolerated by most. Try CPAP first. ...Read more

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Sleep Apnea (Definition)

Literally it is stopping breathing during sleep. There are 2 main types. Obstructive the most common. Central the less common. When people speak about sleep apnea they usually refer to obstructive where you cannot breathe due to ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more